Album Review, Punk Rock

Album Review: Alkaline Trio > This Addiction

Album: This Addiction
Artist: Alkaline Trio
Label: Epitaph
Genre: Punk Rock
Length: 34:30
Links: Wikipedia | iTunes
Analysis: While never actually branded with the “pop-punk” label, Alkaline Trio are every bit as melodic and catchy as their lamer counterparts. In my high school years of the late 90s-early 00s, I was big into the skate punk bands that Alkaline Trio’s style of music represents. So after years of letting that go for a wider variety of genres, This Addiction is a callback for me, of the music, and more specifically, the bands of Epitaph of that time. Groups such as Bouncing Souls, Millencolin, and Pulley come rushing back to me as I listen to this record. Each song pretty much keeps the same structure; friendly riffs and big hooks are heavy on This Addiction. I’m assuming that this style isn’t for everyone, but it’s easy listening and I promise that nothing at all sticks out as cheap and/or grimace-worthy as some similar bands tend to inflect. The lyrics are genuine, honest, and seem to mostly revolve around specific issues from Matt Skiba’s personal life rather than generic emotions and concerns. If you like your punk rock brash, confrontational and spitting mucus in your face, these guys have been around long enough for you to know that this isn’t your thing. But Alkaline Trio scratches an itch for hyper-expressive, eternally youthful music that is hard to reach nowadays without sounding artificial.
Rating: 7.0
Highlights: ‘This Addiction’ • ‘Lead Poisoning’ • ‘Dead on the Floor’ • ‘The American Scream’ • ‘Fine’

Tracklisting / Music Videos:

01. ‘This Addiction’

02. ‘Dine, Dine My Darling’

03. ‘Lead Poisoning’

04. ‘Dead on the Floor’

05. ‘The American Scream’

06. ‘Off the Map’

07. ‘Draculina’

08. ‘Eating Me Alive’

09. ‘Piss and Vinegar’

10. ‘Dorothy’

11. ‘Fine’



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